Voters’ registration started this week

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Voters’ registration commences this week for the 5th general elections scheduled for May 2015 across the country.
Electoral materials essential for the registration have already reached polling stations. In the capital Addis Ababa electoral materials reached the 1,556 polling stations.
Over 1.2 million residents of Addis Ababa are expected to be registered to cast their voice at the May election, according to Desta HaileMichael, Coordinator of the city electoral office.
The registration will continue for 52 consecutive days starting from today.
Of the total 75 registered political parties, 60 will contest in the general election across the country. Parties are going to contest to win seats at the federal parliament or regional councils, or both.
A total of 547 constituencies and around 44,454 polling stations are in place to conduct elections throughout the country.
(ena.gov.et)
Vitol Bahrain to supply diesel, benzene to Ethiopia
Vitol Bahrain, part of the Vitol Group, a multinational energy trading company, will supply 30 percent of Ethiopia’s import of diesel and benzene starting from this month, the Ethiopian Petroleum Supply Enterprise announced.
The contract has given to the company that won the bid for the importation of the products for the coming year, Demelash Alemu, Adviser to the CEO of the Enterprise said.
The drop in the price of oil globally, benefited Ethiopia, as Demelash said. The nation has managed to save more than 103 million USD because of the price decline over the past six months.
The nation saved this amount of money in spite of the increase in the consumption of oil nationally by 8 percent compared to the previous year.
Ethiopia imports 70 percent of diesel, kerosene for airplanes and benzene from Kuwait, while light and heavy diesel oil for industries from Saudi Arabia.
(ena.gov.et)